The Health Department provides annual licenses to public pool/spa operations. Each operation is inspected at a minimum of two times per year during their operation period. These inspections check for water temperature, clarity, chemical balance, and safety/cleanliness of the overall swimming environment.
Swimming Pools & Spas
Swimming Pools & Spas Inspection Report
All public swimming pool and spa operators are required by law to obtain a license from the local health district. These facilities are required to be compliant with Ohio’s Public Pool/Spa regulations. Routine inspections during the operation of the public pool assess the operator’s success in assuring that routine practices are conducted in a safe and sanitary manner.
- Blood and Vomit in Pools
- Body Fluid Spills
- Fecal Accident Response for Pool Staff
- Questions and Answers for Facility Staff
- Information for Swimmers
- Swimmers Ear
- Operating a Public Spa
- Hyperchlorination to Kill Cryptosporidium
Public Swimming Pool and Spa Drowning Prevention Program
Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional injury deaths in children ages 1 to 4 in Ohio; it is the second leading cause of unintentional injury deaths in children ages 5 to 9 and 10 to 14. Survivors of severe drowning incidents can experience long-term disabilities including memory problems, learning deficiencies, and loss of basic cognitive functioning. Historically, Ohio has not systematically collected detailed information on public swimming pool-related injuries or deaths.
Recognizing the usefulness of this information for preventing drowning incidents, the Ohio Department of Health has initiated the Public Swimming Pool and Spa Drowning Prevention Program to determine the frequency and circumstances of these occurrences and to identify opportunities to prevent serious injuries in the future.
Any incident associated with a public swimming pool or spa facility that results in death, serious injury, or assistance from emergency medical personnel shall be reported to the licensor within seventy-two hours following the incident. “Serious injury” is defined as an injury that does not require immediate hospital admission but does require medical treatment, other than first aid. Voluntary reporting of other injuries is highly encouraged.